October 11, 2017

Meeting Recap
            Greetings fellow Rotarians! Today’s speaker was Vermont state trooper, Lt. Gary Scott.  Lt. Scott spoke to us about the State’s Fair and Impartial Policing initiative.  In recent years, there have been several allegations across the country of racial bias during police investigations and traffic stops. As we have all seen this past year, these allegations have created a great deal of tension between law enforcement officials and the communities in which they serve.  Lt. Scott reported that this bad publicity has certainly had an impact on enrollment in police academies.  He indicated that the numbers of people taking the entrance exams to get into the Vermont police academy is significantly lower than it used to be.  The Fair and Impartial Policing initiative was created in response to those concerns and allegations here in Vermont.  The program is designed to better educate state troopers about issues concerning racial and ethnic bias during traffic stops and investigations.  He indicated that training procedures have been altered to address questions of racial and ethnic bias before they become an issue. Lt. Scott hopes that programs like this will help allay the concerns many have about law enforcement officials.
Feed My Starving Children
            Just as a reminder, our Club is once again partaking in the Feed My Starving Children service project on Saturday, October 21st.  At this event, volunteers put together nutritious food packages that are shipped to people in need across the world. As of right now, we appear to have enough volunteers for this project, so thank you to everyone who signed up.  A special thank you goes out to Amy Jackman for coordinating our Club’s involvement with this event.
Banana boxes needed
            Phil Murdock is looking for donations of banana boxes that will be used to cart apples to the local food shelves.  Please contact Phil or Sharon Dettenrieder if you have any boxes that you are able to secure and donate. 
Service Above Self Nominations
            We are still looking for nominations for the annual Service Above Self Award recipient. Each year, our Club recognizes an individual in our community who best exemplifies the spirit of our motto of service above self.  To date, Dave Johnson has only received one nomination, so we are hoping to get more.  Please submit your nominations along with a detailed description of why you feel your nominee is deserving to Dave Johnson at by a date no later than November 1st!
Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf
            The next opportunity to volunteer at the food shelf will be on October 26th. Please let Sharon Dettenrieder know if you are able to volunteer for this shift.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule:  October 18, 2017 – Our speaker and program is not yet determined.
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       Yours in Rotary,
Jason Ruwet